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Grant's Morella Cherry Brandy Bottled 1860s-1880s 75cl
A very old bottle of Grant's Morella Cherry Brandy, produced at Maidstone Distillery, Kent. We estimate this was bottled in the 1860s to 1880s.
The label reads: Supplied to Her Majesty The Queen at all the Royal Palaces.
The Queen referred to above would be Queen Victoria (reigned from 1837 to 1901), who was known to have enjoyed Grant's Morella Cherry Brandy.
The bottle was constructed using a three-part mould which is embossed on the shoulder with 'Maidstone Distillery'. It is sealed with a driven cork covered in a metal capsule, also embossed with 'Maidstone Distillery' and a horse motif. The maker's mark on the base reads ' P & R / B', which stands for 'Powell & Rickets, Bristol'. This maker's mark was used between 1857 and the late 1880s.
There is no size or ABV stated on the label, but this appears to be a 75cl bottle.
Please see images for fill level and label condition. Note damage to the label and general wear.
Note the absence of a condition statement does not imply that this lot is in perfect condition or free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing. Older bottles often contain small amounts of sediment. We cannot guarantee that the contents of this bottle will be free from the effects of age, cork taint, oxidation or other faults.
This bottle does not appear to be leaking. While we take every care to pack bottles securely we cannot guarantee that old corks and closures will not leak in transit.